Imagine a person running. If their shoelace comes untied, that might seem like a very minor problem. However, if they don’t stop to tie it, they may trip and fall. Now, a problem that would’ve only required a quick fix has turned into a disaster.
Even when they’re maintained every year, furnaces can develop problems that require repair. It’s important to have those repairs done promptly. You don’t want a loose screw, wobbling fan blade, or slightly cracked belt to cause a major problem by damaging other components in the system. How do you know that it’s time to get furnace repair? We’ll give you a rundown of the signs—some obvious and some subtle—that you shouldn’t ignore.
If you listen to the regular sounds of your furnace, you’ll be able to notice when something sounds off. Any sudden, loud, or unexpected sounds are cause for concern. Rumbling, groaning, clicking, banging, or screeching are definitely signs that you should get furnace repair in Navarre, FL right away.
At the start of the heating season, there may be a brief smell of burning dust. While this is normal, your furnace should not be making any other smells. A burning smell that continues more than an hour after you start up your furnace, or a smell of mildew coming from your ductwork, indicate that a technician should check things out. A stinky smell of sulfur can indicate a gas leak. In this case, turn the furnace off, leave your home, and call for emergency repairs.
Your furnace should be capable of keeping your whole home at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather does outside. If it seems like your furnace struggles to keep your home warm enough, you don’t have to resign yourself to being chilly. Whether there’s a problem with a heating element or with the blower motor, repairs can get you nice and cozy again.
If some rooms are comfortable while others always stay a bit too cold, the culprit will depend on what type of furnace you have. If you have a system that blows hot air through vents in your home, there may be damage to the ductwork that carries the heat to certain rooms. If you have a boiler that sends hot water through registers or radiators, there may be a problem with the manifold, which directs the hot water to its destination. Either way, it’s time for repairs.
There are many things that can decrease the efficiency of a heating system. A dirty burner, a problem with the limit switch, a leak in the ductwork, or even a buildup of dust or lack of lubrication in moving parts can all contribute. If you’ve noticed an uptick in your utility bills this winter, a repair could help to bring those costs back down. In the meantime, we recommend changing your air filter to reduce the dust and help the air flow freely.
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